Michael Paul Beasley, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Kansas State University for one year before declaring for the NBA draft in 2008 and he is regarded as one of the best freshman college basketball players of the 2000s. Beasley was born in the Prince Georges County town of Cheverly, Beasleys mother Fatima Smith and his four siblings moved from nearby Montgomery County to Frederick in 2005 and lived there for one year. While growing up, Beasley played for one of the countrys most successful AAU youth teams at the time, Beasley won multiple national championships with this team alongside future fellow blue-chip recruits Kevin Durant and Chris Braswell. As a high school senior he averaged 28 points and 16 rebounds per game, in 2006, Beasley was a second-team Parade All-American and was also named to the 2006 USA Mens U18 National Team member on June 26,2006. Beasley averaged team highs of 13.8 ppg. and 8.3 rpg at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men in San Antonio, Texas. He ranked fifth in rebounds per game among all 2006 tournament leaders and he was named to the McDonalds All-American team. In the 2007 McDonalds All-American Boys Game, he won the MVP with 23 points and 12 rebounds, Rivals. com rated Beasley No.1 in the class of 2007 high school basketball prospects. Beasley began his year at Kansas State in the fall of 2007. In the 2007–2008 regular season, Beasley was one of the most dominant players in the country and his 26.2 points and nation-leading 12.4 rebounds were the most by a Big 12 player in any season. His 866 total points and 408 rebounds ranked third and second among all freshmen in NCAA history and he also led the nation in double-doubles, 40-point games, 30-point, 10-rebound games, and 20-point, 10-rebound games. His 28 double-doubles broke the freshman double-double record previously held by Carmelo Anthony who had 22 double-doubles in his season at Syracuse in 2002–03. On February 23,2008, Beasley scored a Big 12 record 44 points in an 86–92 loss at Baylor, Beasley became known as an unstoppable force when shooting, finishing the season shooting 53.7 percent from the field. He also finished the season shooting 39.5 percent from 3-point range, Beasley holds 30 Kansas State career, single-season and freshman records as well as 17 Big 12 single-game and single-season marks. Beasley guided the Wildcats to a 20–10 record and a 10–6 Big 12 Conference record, some of the key conference victories were a win at Oklahoma and, a home victory against Texas A&M, and a victory against then-unbeaten No. He matched a Big 12 record by equaling former Kansas player Drew Goodens record for most double-doubles in a season. He is just the 27th player in NCAA Division I history to post 26 or more double-doubles in a season and the first since Utahs Andrew Bogut did it in 2004–05. Beasley led the Wildcats to a 10–6 record in conference play, earning a number 3 seed in the 2008 Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, the Wildcats faced the No.6 seed Texas A&M Aggies and lost 77–71
Beasley with the Timberwolves in March 2011
Beasley at Kansas State
Beasley during his first tenure with the Heat
Beasley during his second tenure with the Heat, playing against the Washington Wizards in April 2014.